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Masters: Polymer Clay: Major Works by Leading Artists Paperback – March 1, 2011
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I would highly recommend this book to any polymer clay artist or to anyone who just apprecitates good art.
This book is a great history of the medium in pictures for those who already love this wonderful medium. For those just becoming interested in it as a hobby or profession, it will certainly provide more than enough inspiration. I know I will keep this book close by just to savor each picture piece by piece.
The blurb on the back cover that says, "This..survey presents innovative polymer clay works from forty of the leading artist working TODAY..." However, the book presents several artists I'm sure no longer work actively in polymer (Pier Voulkos, Shellie Brooks). And many of the photos from the following artists were more than 10 years old! (Jamey D Allen, Jo Ellen Trilling, Gwen Gibson, Barbara Sperling, Diane Falkenhagen, Rebecca Mazur, the Groves ).
Although the book was an inspiring catalog, it was only partly "current." For this reason (only), I was disappointed. Since there are online resources devoted to polymer history, (polymerartarchive.com) & most of these gifted artists' work have been published elsewhere, I'd seen many of the photos already.
Polymer craft is replete with innovative artists working today, many building on the shoulders of giants. I would have preferred seeing fresh, unpublished work, rather than reviewing the polymer past.
That said, for any serious polymer artist, this catalog of work is a must have & will serve as an inspiration.
If you want to become a clay artist, you NEED this book.
It is worth every penny. The illustrations are inspiring regardless of your medium and, unlike many books of this type, the curator has not limited herself to the most recent work, but has chosen to include almost 20 years (1992 - 2009) of polymer art...and, therefore, the work of two or three generations of artists.
The work varies widely: from jewelry to structural pieces to sculpture. It also varies greatly in size from items as small as 2" x 2" to Sonny King's 35" x 15" dioramas. The artists have been inspired by Africa, Edward Hopper, fossils, high fashion, Japanese brush painting, mosaic, robotics, and myth.
And, if there was any doubt remaining, this book makes it absolutely indisputable: polymer clay is a medium of "true art" as much as oil or watercolor or marble.
Caveat: This is not a how-to book. It is a luxurious reference piece, intended to charm, encourage, amaze, inspire, and delight. It belongs on the shelf of any craftsperson in any field.
The photographers also need credit for perfect shots.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an AMAZING collection of polymer clay art. Really happy with the purchase.Published 5 months ago by AZ Trader
I love being able to buy books like these on Amazon. I purchased it used so I saved a significant amount. The book was in excellent condition. This is your coffee table book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan L
Will I ever be that good at polymer. Wonderful array of artists and their visions.Published 14 months ago by Elsa Medina
Great pictures wonderful inspiration & an amazing use of such a simple art medium!Published 17 months ago by Angela Clark
Very inspiring. A great resource of the finest polymer clay artists to explore and learn about their techniques. Motivates me to get to my workbench.Published 18 months ago by Jo
Almost like a "coffee table" book; always interesting to pick up and read whether you want to admire clay creations or become inspired to make your own.Published 19 months ago by Seer Of Rainbows